Case Studies in Communication and Disenfranchisement: Applications to Social Health Issues

Case Studies in Communication and Disenfranchisement: Applications to Social Health Issues

Case Studies in Communication and Disenfranchisement: Applications to Social Health Issues

Case Studies in Communication and Disenfranchisement: Applications to Social Health Issues

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Eileen Berlin Ray Cleveland State University

This book tells the stories of some of the disenfranchised in the United States. Each case focuses on aspects of how the communication -- disenfranchisement relationship is accomplished, managed, and overcome. Through interactions with significant others, institutions, and the mass media, each person's place in American society is defined in terms of permissible identities, behaviors, topics of discussion, and expectations. In addition, this interaction clarifies who controls the resources, who makes the decisions, and who sets the social standards.

Each of us, if not at the present, is likely to become a member of one or more disenfranchised groups at some point in our lives. Whether for ourselves or someone we care about, we have been or will be impacted by these issues, leaving those not currently affected only "temporarily enfranchised." Thus, for some these stories speak to their past, to others their present, and to others possibly their future. The fact that we are all vulnerable adds to their poignancy and is further underscored by the case study format.

Case studies are a particularly useful method for making the abstract concrete. By merging theory and application (Ray, 1993; Sypher, 1990), they personalize important issues and enable us to more clearly visualize the complexities of a variety of interrelationships. However, although case studies alone are useful pedagogic tools, they are even more effective when directly tied to the theoretic considerations they are exemplifying. This volume was conceived of as a companion text to Communication and Disenfranchisement: Social Health Issues and Implications (Ray, 1996). By offering case studies that correspond to those chapters, the books used together provide a theoretically based application of social health issues within a communication framework.

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